UPDATE: Cops ID Victims in Fatal Sunday Crash

A Virginia man was killed Sunday after a truck crossed over into his lane on Route 114, according to police.

Update 10:45 a.m., Monday: Police said Monday morning that a Virginia man was killed in a Sunday afternoon car crash on Route 114 after the driver of a pickup crossed into his lane, resulting in a head-on crash that sent three others to the hospital.

East Hampton Town Police identified the deceased as Douglas Foster Schneiderman, 51, of McLean, Va.

According to police, the driver of the pickup — 20-year-old East Hampton resident Brian Midgett, Jr. — was heading southbound on Route 114 when his 1996 Ford crossed over the double yellow line and hit Schneiderman's 2005 Volvo, which was also carrying two others. The two vehicles collided head-on and police said Schneiderman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Midgett was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center with serious medical injuries, and Elisabeth Schneiderman, 51, was sent to S along with 16-year-old Rachel Schneiderman with serious injuries.

Police are still investigating the crash, and both vehicles have been impounded for safety checks. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call 631-537-7575.

Update 9 p.m.: Route 114 re-opened shortly after 8 p.m. following a police investigation into a two-vehicle crash that killed at least one person early Sunday afternoon. 

No further details were immediately available. 

Original story: A two-car accident in East Hampton left one person dead on Sunday afternoon.

Chief Ed Ecker said that Route 114 has been shut down, while detectives investigate the cause.

The accident occurred between Daniels Hole Road and South Breeze Road sometime before 12:45 p.m. The chief asked that motorists avoid Route 114 altogether until the road is reopened.

The chief said it was a head-on collision involving two vehicles. In addition to the person who died, a few others were injured, he said.

No other information was immediately available.

Several fire departments responded to the call.

Sunday's crash was the fifth fatal traffic-related crash in East Hampton this year.

Check back with East Hampton Patch as more information becomes available.

Paul Monte July 29, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Rt 114 has seen way too many fatalities and accidents over the years.In high school I remember the nickname "dead man's curve" being used to describe one particularly fatal area. Please everyone, pay attention, drive slowly and absolutely NO texting!!
Dana Kalbacher July 29, 2012 at 08:57 PM
You should not post pictures of vehicles when identities are not reported...:(
S.B. Bonacker July 29, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Agree with Paul M - Route 114 is one of the most dangerous roads in town. I think lowering the speed limit to 40 MPH would be a responsible move - there is no reason why a stretch of this road should be 55 MPH, easpecially around the "dead man's curves" where you have no time to react if driving 55. And texting/cellphone use is still rampant out here.........police should make the fines at least $500. to set the example of how dangerous using electronic devices while driving can be for all drivers near you!
Richard Rubens July 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Very sad... There should more patrols aimed at unsafe drivers
Laurie July 29, 2012 at 09:26 PM
The speed limit is 45 on Rte 114
Pam July 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM
It was my understanding that on 114, the "dead man's curve" was called that years ago because the road slope for a turn like that was constructed improperly, which I also understand had been corrected many years ago. The speed limit for 114 used to be 55 for years, but has since been reduced. 114 is an open road that temps speedsters, making entering from the many more side streets more dangerous. Things I see driving around EH and the congested summer east end, are the distractions, many vacationers riding bicycles two and three side by side on narrow streets and congested highways; cell phone use of course; many many people driving much slower than speed limits because of sightseeing, looking for small street signs, etc., making others more impatient; and the aggressive and chancey way to pull into traffic because lack of consideration of others won't let side road traffic enter or turn. There are a lot of reasons that accidents occur, including the always-awful impaired or drunk driving, and no matter what causes them, it's devastating! In recent years, I've seen several accidents on 114, and each one I saw was caused by a vehicle coming onto 114 from a side street..... None were at blind areas.... So who really knows what causes these things..... But to the friends and families affected by this horrific accident, I pray for your emotional healing and the speedy physical healing for all injured! Every road is a dangerous road, we need to always be focused!
cindy July 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I agree with Dana...a picture on the internet is the worse possible way for family and friends to find out a loved one was involved in this horrific accident. Not all that many years ago; our family first heard of the loss of a dear family friend also in a crash a mere 2 hours after it occured, when local classmates were My Spacing about it. Please have some respect.
danielle talmage July 30, 2012 at 12:09 AM
very sad to see this
A July 30, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I agree with Danielle it's sad no matter whet the cause . We have seen a lot of accidents on that road. It doesn't matter who is to blame.
Marc Bennett July 30, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I lost my girlfriend to an accident on route 114 on August 6th 1978. Today was a reminder as the August anniversary of this terrible day come round again to how dangerous this stretch of highway is. Marc Bennett
Teresa Staudenmaier July 30, 2012 at 03:18 AM
It's not it is 45, they dropped it down
J. Smith July 30, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Posting that photograph before the people involved were publicly identified was very irresponsible, and saying in the update that 114 was reopened "following a police investigation that killed at least one person early Sunday afternoon" is just sad. The investigaton caused the death? My prayers go out to the families and the emergency responders.
Gail Simons July 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM
She was my baby sitter... I've never traveled Route 114 without thinking about that. So sad.
michael bassett July 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM
i for one will be much more vigilant!! pass it on. michael
tom July 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM
It would be interesting to see the average speed in the section between So. Breeze and Swamp road...I worry every time my son drives to Sag Harbor because he has to pull out of Swamp Road into that bend on 114.
Coleen Curtin July 30, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Well put, Pam.
Steve July 30, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I remember that. Sorry Marc...
Dawn Huser Field July 30, 2012 at 04:42 PM
devastating no matter how you look at it. It doesn't matter where it happened or how it happened. A family lost someone that they loved very much it is tragic. My overall feeling is that people NEED to slow down, stop being so aggressive on the roads, pay attention and STOP texting and driving. There is no text in the world worth your life or the life of someone else. I am not saying this was the cause of the accident by any means I am just generalizing. How many times I have seen someone texting and driving. Everybody thinks they are invincible and nothing will happen to them. My family knows first hand what happens when another driver is reckless behind the wheel it is something that can never be taken back by the other driver when a life is taken from careless or reckless driving!!!! The roads are overcrowded with everybody in a rush to get to somewhere with a cell phone to their ear or in their hand it needs to stop people need to slow down and pay attention nothing is that important to risk your life or someone else's!! my condolences and prayers go out to this family during this very difficult time.
todd harrison July 30, 2012 at 05:15 PM
in Australia, speed fines start at $500 at only 5k over and go up dramatically. Licence is canceled after 2 speed tickets. Seat belt fines are $1500 for each person not wearing, and is assessed to the passenger as well as the driver. This tends to get people's attention. Hitch hikers getting in the rear seat automatically put on their seat belts. This will never happen here, because the shires want to revenue. I see more drivers with phones attached to their heads, police pass by and ignore them, mostly because they are doing the same. Stop signs here are merely suggestions. Drivers dont 'stop', they just slow down a bit. Please dont drive behind me, I full stop at all stop signs. You'll only get annoyed. sorry.
BHughes July 30, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Well said, Dawn! You are completely right!
Duckbornandraised July 30, 2012 at 06:37 PM
The Patch and other newspapers have nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about for posting pics with their stories. A picture is worth a thousand words. Very rarely are vehicles so unique as to give identifications of those involved.
Eric Jeffrey July 30, 2012 at 07:48 PM
We know the Schneiderman family pretty well and are devestated by the news. My older daughter went to Temple and played soccer for many years with Belle, their other daughter who was not in the car, and she and my daughter attended each other's Bat Mitzvahs. They will all be in our thoughts and prayers, with hopes for a complete and speedy recovery by Lisa and Rache. We are spreading the news to others who know them. What a terrible tragedy for a really wonderful family It is hard to type this with all the water in my eyes.
Billy Sonenfield July 30, 2012 at 09:17 PM
It's not the road. It's the drivers. The speed limit was lowered to 45 from 55 a few years ago and is appropriate.
ViralGrain July 31, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Glad this ain't Australia! Ahh. The land of the free.
Dawn Brophy July 31, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Paul Lester, and Chris Harmon died on Route 114.
Ferncare July 31, 2012 at 03:51 AM
This is what I posted on my FB page when I got home last night. The image of the Man in the White car is one that I will never forget...The 4 cars ahead of me stopped and since I had my 12 y.old I didn't stop. I was overwhelmed and cried the rest of the day and I am still shaken by the images. SUMMER ALERT - My daughter and I were car #5 just behind this accident. Although the cause of the accident is not yet known - I ask everyone reading this PLEASE --- Do not be distracted while driving. BE it drinking; texting or talking on the phone. Concentrate on the ROAD and only the ROAD. I want you to be here for the next 50 years. BE SAFE F and E
Carol Baumann Card July 31, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I for one wish we had the same legal penalties ... land of the free and home of the injured and dead ... all beacuse we think we can do what ever we want with no reprecussions. Thanks for stopping Todd, I do to.
anonymous August 07, 2012 at 11:08 PM
one person left a comment that it's ok to post these pictures.. what about the families involved that are basically left in the dark until they recieve a phone call. your telling me it's ok to post pictures of an accident? what if they frequented these sites on a daily basis and this is where they found out. shame on you and shame on the website for allowing this to happen. as someone who is related to one of the victims i can't believepeople think is ok...what if it was your family member and/or friend is this where you want to find out about this? something tells me the answer is no. maybe you all should thimk about that the next time u witness or want to make a comment. there are many other people involved and social websites are not the means for these incidents. shame on the editor and the person who sent the pictures, next time think about the famlues involved!!!!!!! think twice
Fairfax Resident August 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM
@ Eric - saying prayers for you and the family and friends of all involved.
Robert Bistrian October 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I know it helps that 5% of the current population are actually FROM here. When I was a kid here in the 70's everybody knew each other.Now its all tourists and illegal aliens.Very bright future for this town.


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